Just a note before we get to the card ... I will be doing another class at Ultimate Hobbies on Thursday, August 29th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m, and we'll be making these same three Christmas cards (the one below, as well as the green-red-and-gold version of the previously posted blue-and-silver poinsettia card, and the altered vase card). There are only a couple of spots left, so if you're interested, please call Ultimate Hobbies at (714) 538-3111.
I also have a new class scheduled for Wednesday, September 4th, with two class times, one from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., and the second one from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. We will be making three new Christmas cards, very different from these, and I really think you'll like them! (And then I'll try to stop with the Christmas already ... as far as the classes are concerned anyway! I love Christmas, so there will probably be more on this blog, especially after the new Poppystamps release which I'm told will be at the end of August!) Anyway, I'll post pictures of the cards soon, but both classes are already more than half-full, so if you'd like to join us, call Ultimate Hobbies sooner!
So now on to the card. This one is a just a tiny bit more time consuming than normal but worth creating to maybe go along with a special holiday gift. And of course it is fun to make!
I used a dotted stencil to dry emboss the large white cardstock piece and sponged around the edges to distress. I did NOT yet layer that onto the green card base and you'll see why in a sec. I stamped the background on the smaller piece using the Journey Collage stamp and distressed the edges as well. I die cut the Snowflake Sprig from dark green cardstock and snipped it into two pieces. I positioned and adhered the top half of the sprig behind the top left corner of the stamped piece so that the little curly tendril (I love curly tendrils!) could come around to the front, then layered that onto the smaller green piece. I used my paper piercer to pierce a hole through the layered pieces and the dotted embossed piece. I die cut the Jolly Jingle Bells from gold cardstock, put a gold brad through the tops of two bells and pushed the brad through the pierced holes, closing the feet behind the dotted embossed background, THEN adhered the whole thing to the green card base. This cleverly keeps the brad feet from showing on the inside of the card. I thought the arrangement needed a little touch of red so I tied red twine around the brad. I adhered the Joy Script die to the front piece, and added a red bird from the Flying Birds die. I dotted the "j" with a tiny green gemstone. (The die does cut a little dot for the "j", but it's really miniscule. The gemstone was easier, and it satisfied my need for bling.) I die cut the Glowing Candles from gold cardstock, and adhered it below the layered piece using mounting tape, making sure not to catch any of the layered piece behind the tape! The candles keep the jingle bells piece in place until you're ready to swing it up for the surprise underneath!